Long Term Effects of Skipping a Car Wash

Long Term Effects of Skipping a Car Wash

There’s nothing better than a freshly washed car and vacuumed interior. Getting an exterior car wash is a relatively quick task, yet many car owners don’t take the time to do it often. Skipping a wash here and there is common, but putting this off for long periods of time can result in future problems. 

Whether that’s damage to the paint or rust stains, we spoke with our team of auto experts to share the long term effects of skipping a car wash.

Why you shouldn’t skip the car wash

Auto owners fall into one of the three categories mentioned below. Think about where you fall, and read on to see what can happen to your car if you continue on that path.

  1. Skipping a few washes – Auto experts recommend washing your car about once a week if you’re driving daily. However, if you skip a few washes here and there it’s not going to be the end of the world for your car, so don’t worry too much. Try to at least get there once a month so any road salt or other debris can be washed away before causing damage. 
  2. Never washing – If you can’t remember the last time you took your car to be washed, you should be on the lookout for potential problems. Also, you should get to a car wash soon! Road salt and other debris from driving regularly can damage the paint, which will lead to cosmetic issues. Road salt can also cause rust and other issues that might create even bigger problems down the road.
  3. Washing regularly – Good for you! If you’re washing your car on a regular basis you’re preventing potential paint damage and rust problems from occurring. 

Tips for keeping cars neat

Washing the exterior and undercarriage of your vehicle is a good idea, but there are a few other things you can do in conjunction with a car wash to make sure your vehicle stays in great shape.

  1. Waxing – Many car washes offer a wax finish as part of the service. It’s a good idea to partake in this offer because wax protects your car against light paint chips and other damages from road debris. It adds an extra layer of protection against the elements so your paint job stays intact.
  2. Nail polish – Yes, it’s true! If you notice a small scratch, you can find a matching color and go over it. Then remove excess with a cotton ball. Of course, nail polish won’t bond the way automobile paint does, but it’s good to do as a preventive measure. It will prevent other debris from getting into scratch and prevent rust. You will need to touch up the cover-up from time to time.
  3. Clay bar – Clay bar is a resin mixture used by auto dealers to remove debris, pollutants, and more from your car’s paint, fiberglass, and metal surfaces. Natural clay or engineered synthetic clay can be used. This treatment is helpful for coverage. Paint is actually never static, so you can use clay to move it around, and cover gaps by buffing. This helps cover scratches too.

Consider creating a schedule to keep your car washed and waxed, and you should keep it looking good for years to come. Many extended warranties won’t cover damages that happen if you don’t keep up with specific maintenance on your vehicle.

You might also want to add other maintenance must-haves to the list too. Keeping maintenance options organized and splitting them up into different tasks can make caring for your car less overwhelming. Endurance policyholders have benefits tied to taking care of those tasks too, so make sure to take advantage of them. You can get discounts on oil changes, car washes, and more. 

Protect Yourself with Endurance

Conducting basic maintenance, like washing your car, is essential in keeping your car on the road longer. Endurance is working hard on keeping America on the road and offer peace of mind through our protection plans. 

Each Endurance warranty plan includes the most comprehensive package in the market and additional benefits like trip interruption, the Endurance Elite membership, and more. The last thing anyone needs right now is a car repair bill that can cost over $2,000 to fix. In providing peace of mind, we pay the mechanic directly for parts and labor.

Now is the time to prepare for the unexpected. We have limited time relief plans available, and you can request a no-obligation quote or call 1-866-918-1438 to hear about minimal down payments and flexible payment options. When it comes to car maintenance, there’s a lot to think about and we’re here to help. If you’re a current customer and facing financial hardship, we have relief options available. Simply contact us to learn how we’re keeping your vehicle protection plan active at this uncertain time.

A Vehicle Service Contract (VSC) is often referred to as an “auto warranty” or an “extended car warranty,” but it is not a warranty. A VSC does, however, provide repair coverage for your vehicle after the manufacturer’s car warranty expires. A VSC is a contract between you and a VSC provider or administrator that states what is a covered repair and what is not. Not all vehicles qualify for coverage; Endurance does not offer VSCs in California.